Save The Great British Pub

With roughly 7 pubs closing every day of the week, and our own local pubs under threat, we believe that the Government should be doing more to save the Great British pub.

33% of the price of every pint goes in “Beer Tax” to the Government. Labour plan to increase this further, hitting responsible drinkers once again in favour of irresponsible binge drinkers and yobs who cause misery on our high streets and in our community.

Cllr Mark Reckless, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Rochester and Strood, and Daniel Hannan, MEP for the South East of England, have launched the local Save The Great British Pub campaign calling on the Government to Axe the Beer Tax which has seen the loss of well over 3,000 pubs and 24,000 jobs in the industry during the past year alone.

Residents across Rochester and Strood will be invited to visit their local pub to sign the petition calling on the Government to end the year-on-year tax rises on beer that has hit the industry so hard, and they can also sign online by clicking here.

Mark Reckless said: “All small businesses have suffered to one degree or another under Labour from regulation and being used as unpaid tax-collectors, but pubs have suffered terribly, many have had to close, and pubs particularly need a Conservative government to put things right.”

To find out more about the Back The Pub campaign and to show your support, visit their website here

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2 responses to “Save The Great British Pub

  1. Libertarian

    Bit late with this aren't youUK Independence have had a Save the Pub campaign for a long, long time now.What are the policies you are proposing to actually save pubs going out of business?

  2. Andrew L

    UKIP are on the money with their campaign and I see no harm in Conservatives supporting the cause either. Let’s face it, the widespread closures of pubs is characteristic of a gradual decline in the very culture and fabric of British life. It seems like changes are on the cards following David Cameron’s speech in Medway last week where he was very clear that discounting alcohol below cost by supermarkets should be banned and there is compelling evidence that cheap alcohol has contributed to ‘broken Britain’ and violent crime. Read more here to see how serious the problem has become : http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/crime-victims/reducing-crime/alcohol-related-crime/. What is really too late is that the current government has only recently started to look into a problem citizens have had to endure for many years.

    Regarding policy, my proposal would be to take it one stage further and apply a tax on beer and alchopops/premixed drinks sold from supermarkets (but not wine or spirits) and reduce the duty and tax for ALL alcohol sold in pubs. Let’s face it, if supermarkets can afford to discount it below cost, they can afford to deal with the dilemma of either paying the tax on behalf of their customers or passing it straight on to them.

    There is a community benefit : pubs were historically a key component of our communities and our societal structure and also a refuge from the mother in law for some of us! I see nothing wrong with re-building our communities by helping pubs be successful again.
    For an economic benefit, perhaps we can also stimulate our once envied brewing industry too. Imagine having a choice of locals again (many people do not) that served a variety of local brews and how that could help rural and urban communities…….we might even see hops growing in Kent again too!

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